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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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July 18, 2017  

Report outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement

As part of its ongoing research program with the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) commissioned a report ... Read More About Report outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement
July 18, 2017  

Well-being tied to active living

Research from Gallup and Healthways shows that active living environments -- those communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability, and public transit -- have residents with better... Read More About Well-being tied to active living
July 10, 2017  

The National Complete Streets Coalition launches Safe Streets Academy

The National Complete Streets Coalition is now accepting applications for the Safe Streets Academy , a new program designed to help jurisdictions transform their commitment to traffic... Read More About The National Complete Streets Coalition launches Safe Streets Academy
July 10, 2017  

Recreational Trails Program report and national resources

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds across the... Read More About Recreational Trails Program report and national resources
July 10, 2017  

AirBnB-style bicycle renting app debuts in England

A mobile app called Cycle.land was launched in Oxford, England, with plans to expand to London, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Cambridge. The platform allows people to borrow bikes from local... Read More About AirBnB-style bicycle renting app debuts in England
July 6, 2017  

Proposal for new national freight infrastructure fee and grants

On June 22, 2017, H.R. 3001 , Economy in Motion: The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act, was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The current proposal... Read More About Proposal for new national freight infrastructure fee and grants
July 5, 2017  

Pilot project for glow-in-the-dark bicycle and pedestrian pathway

An article in CityLab describes a project in the Polish town of Lidzbark Warminski to install and test asphalt into which are mixed synthetic particles called "luminophores," which absorb... Read More About Pilot project for glow-in-the-dark bicycle and pedestrian pathway
July 5, 2017  

NACTO releases Global Street Design Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released the Global Street Design Guide to serve as a new baseline for designing urban streets and public spaces around... Read More About NACTO releases Global Street Design Guide
June 27, 2017  

CDC report compares U.S. traffic safety to other countries

A recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, " Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention — United States and 19 Comparison Countries ," as well as an Economist Magazine... Read More About CDC report compares U.S. traffic safety to other countries
June 27, 2017  

Lancet publishes series on urban design, transport, and health

The U.K.-based medical journal, The Lancet, has produced a three-part series called " Urban Design, Transport, and Health ."  The series examines the ways in which air pollution, physical... Read More About Lancet publishes series on urban design, transport, and health
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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